West Carrollton Police Department wins national award in officer safety

The West Carrollton Police Department received the top award in General Officer Safety from the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Memorial and Museum this week.

The department has four key points in its approach to officer safety: physical fitness, mental fitness, spiritual fitness and emotional fitness.

Some programs implemented by the department include a modern approach to uniform and appearance, load bearing vests, an on-duty workout program, crisis intervention training, peer support training, a police chaplain program and enhanced ballistic equipment in each patrol car.

“Having officers return home safely, both mentally and physically, is an important consideration when implementing these programs,” read a release from the WCPD. “The department fervently strives to keep pace with the advances in technology and equipment and proactively engages employees in initiatives that increase their overall wellness and safety.”

Officers have responded positively to the implemented programs, the department said. Officers are able to make suggestions and submit new ideas to a Recommendation Committee, who presents them to the chief of police. The on-duty workout program is one of the ideas implemented as a result of the Recommendation Committee.

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